No Dogs or Italians Allowed

No Dogs or Italians Allowed ★★★★

Fantoche 2022 #11

It's humbling and not a little unsettling – but also indispensable – to think of yourself as the result of complex familial entanglements and historical happenstance, especially if that history involves the first half of the 20th century. Watching Ughetto work through this process with bittersweet comedy and open-hearted affection for the manual labour that weaves its way through the Ughettos' story – from mining to tinkering to stop-motion animation – is a special treat. What a wonderful film.

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